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Nov 30, 2012 3:00pm PST
rebecca storey. in all the compounds that have been excavated, there has always been a central courtyard. and in the middle of it, we generally find some kind of architectural feature. now, in this particular compound, it's a very elaborate and very beautiful one -- look at the detailing on the stone, and also look at the little ornaments on top of it. there are fragments that shows that it once was plastered and painted. so we have to remember that it would have been completely brighter and much more colorful, and really looked splendid. keach: these strange and splendid structures were altars. but who was being worshiped here ? in 1980, rebecca storey and dolph widmer excavated a residential compound in a neighborhood of the city now called tlajinga. the evidence showed people had lived in the compound for close to 500 years. underneath the central altar, archaeologists discovered several skeletons, buried decades apart. storey: when we excavated under the central courtyards of tlajinga, we found a series of human burials. now, tlajinga was actually a rather modest compound, probably w
Nov 9, 2012 3:00pm PST
. they were analyzed by physical anthropologist rebecca storey. there were actually five people buried in what was a very large, stone-lined tomb with capstones and everything. and it actually had two chambers. and three people were in one of the chambers, and two were in the other. now, the interesting one i have here is the last one, the very last one placed on top. now, we do know that this individual was an active individual because of his bones. for example, here is one of the humerus or upper arm bone right here -- it comes from right here. the bones of your skeleton have rough places and crests where your muscles and ligaments attach. of course, as you use those muscles, you very often get a corresponding development upon the crests of the bone. keach: crests grow when the muscles attached to them are used. enlarged crests of the arm bone indicate frequent arm movements like those used by an artisan. but this skeleton had a greater story to tell. the shape of the skull has been intentionally deformed. the forehead has been pushed back. this is the shape of a normal skull compare
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